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Hey ... SCUBA Compressor owners... Pay attention!

We recently got another small compressor from a local boat yard and it was a MESS! The boat owner was complaining of stinky air that made them sick to the stomach and they asked the yard to look into it while the boat was out for hull service.

To start with, the owner cheaped out on the compressor and went for the painted frame instead of the stainless one. So, in the salt environment, there is a ton of rust and peeling paint ... just what you want on your boat ... rust and pant chips on the deck!

But worse, the owner never bothered to check the outlet air filter so it was used up WAY beyond it's capacity. No wonder the air was stinky ... it wasn't being filtered! He was lucky to only be sickened a little.

In addition, the owner had never even changed the oil so it was way crapped up inside.

The total bill on that little $3500 compressor was almost $1800! And a couple of oil changes and filters could have headed it all off ... at a cost of about $150.

You have invested a ton of money on your boat. And also a fair amount on your compressor so that you can go scuba diving when and where you want and know the quality of the air you are getting. Why not invest a little time and very little money taking care of your stuff so it will serve you well?

Sorry for getting on my soapbox, but I hate seeing compressors come in with silly problems that could cause injury or death.
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Re: Hey ... SCUBA Compressor owners... Pay attention!

I have a Bauer Junior II compressor and it is a solid beast. The manuals are pretty clear about the maintenance intervals and just as with other mechanical devices such as winches and engines if you don't maintain them you will lose them.
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Re: Hey ... SCUBA Compressor owners... Pay attention!

put off maintance on your boat... you take a risk of gear failure and sinking. Putting off maintance on your air compressor.. you risk life failure and dying.

Some people are just clueless
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Re: Hey ... SCUBA Compressor owners... Pay attention!

The saddest part in all this is that it came off a million dollar boat. The owner spends thousands every year for servicing the boat but nothing on the compressor.

What a shame!
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Re: Hey ... SCUBA Compressor owners... Pay attention!

Hey rcontrera...did you get my compressor fixed yet? :-)
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Re: Hey ... SCUBA Compressor owners... Pay attention!

Which one is yours? I have two from Las Vegas.
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Re: Hey ... SCUBA Compressor owners... Pay attention!

The one with the painted frame and the used up air filter...oh yea...and the one where the oil was never changed.... :-)

(I was just kidding in my original post. You don't have my compressor :-) )
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